AskDefine | Define smarmy

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smarmy adj : unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep" [syn: buttery, fulsome, oily, oleaginous, unctuous] [also: smarmiest, smarmier]

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From smarm, a variant of smalm/smawm.



  1. Falsely earnest, smug, or ingratiating.
    a smarmy salesman with a big smile

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adulatory, bland, blandishing, blarneying, buttery, cajoling, complimentary, courtierly, courtly, fair-spoken, fawning, fine-spoken, flattering, fulsome, glassy, glossy, gushing, honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, honeyed, insincere, insinuating, mealymouthed, obsequious, oily, oily-tongued, oleaginous, polished, slick, slimy, slobbery, smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued, soapy, soft-soaping, sycophantic, unctuous, wheedling
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